noun, plural con·tu·ma·cies.
Origin of contumacy
Examples from the Web for contumacy
The crimes of Mr. Hastings are crimes not only in themselves, but aggravated by being crimes of contumacy.
Victor is only a bas-officier; if his officers call him up, he must come, or be thrashed like a slave for contumacy.Under Two Flags|Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
You will remember that you are under oath, and may be punished for contumacy on refusing to answer.The Wing-and-Wing|J. Fenimore Cooper
Barberina rises into contumacy, will laugh at all writing and compulsion.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XIV. (of XXI.)|Thomas Carlyle
Gourlay was not quite sure what contumacy meant, and the uncertainty added to his anger.The House with the Green Shutters|George Douglas Brown
British Dictionary definitions for contumacy
noun plural -cies
Word Origin for contumacy
Word Origin and History for contumacy
late 14c., from Latin contumacia "haughtiness, insolence," noun of quality from contumax (see contumely).